Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the California Workplace
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Hence, one type of case we assist with is employment-related chemical exposure. Many elements of a modern workplace could cause injury. Most of these are easily visible. Almost all of them can get prevented with the right attention. However, for many employees, the idea of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ could cause severe issues.
Especially true, airborne micro fragments can silently kill. Some injuries get caused by airborne elements such as asbestos. But it could also be propane. But many other vapors and gasses assassinate. And most of these killers are not visible or smell-able.
Carbon Monoxide Kills Silently.
Carbon Monoxide causes people injuries, brain damage, and deaths each year. Because it is odorless and colorless, people can pass out. Victims are overcome quickly. So most employees have little means to know it is present. But without proper preventative techniques or warning systems, you're dead. As stated above, people will be entirely unaware of this deadly gas in their midst.
What Are The CDC Statistics On Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Unfortunately, as reported here, many across the country are still affected by gas poisoning. Every year, especially in the winter, carbon monoxide harms families. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 500 people per year die on average. Additionally, 15,000 more get hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning. There are many ways to prevent this poisoning. Particularly important, government regulations for workplaces can save employee's lives right now.
Examples of Workplace Dangers.
If your employer has allowed blocked ventilation, you could be in trouble. So look at things like propane heating in an unventilated area or similar red flags. Most important, here, you and your co-workers could be at risk. Such violations should get immediately reported to the proper authorities. Most of all, truckers, dockworkers, and warehouse labor remain subjected to higher than normal amounts of diesel exhaust fumes.
What Are The Many Dangers Of Diesel Exhaust Fumes?
Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed diesel engine fumes are hazardous to humans and can cause cancer. Millions of people get affected worldwide by the grim health risks from breathing diesel gas fumes.
People being concerned about their health are justified. Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC, has represented victims with serious health problems resulting from diesel exhaust emissions. Big rigs and buses are a prime culprit.
Diesel Gas Fuel Exhaust Health Exposure Symptoms.
The American Lung Association of California (ALAC) has been aware of the hazards associated with diesel fuel fumes and the numerous symptoms and health concerns from exposure. The WHO has defined the suspected dangers that were a long-time concern. In any event, diesel gas fumes are incredibly toxic. And these can be responsible for lung cancer.
People concerned with the effects of exposure to this toxic substance and the symptoms should watch for info. And they can find information on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment ("OEHHA") website. Additional info in concurrence is on the ALCAC site. Last, these two organizations agree that exposure to diesel exhaust fumes can have health effects right away.
People With Allergies are Worsened After Diesel Fume Exposure.
The diesel exhaust fumes can result in irritation to the eyes, throat, nose, and lungs; it can also be responsible for causing coughing, lightheadedness, headaches, and nausea. Studies with human participants showed the particles in the diesel exhaust hurt people with allergies more. Because of diesel exposure, they now have a higher vulnerability to pollen, dust, or other items they were allergic to.
The research showed that exposure to diesel exhaust results in inflammation to the lungs that can intensify chronic respiratory symptoms and worsen or increase asthma attacks.
Diesel Exhaust Exposure Symptoms.
The types of symptoms from exposure to toxic diesel fumes can be different from one person to another. When you or a family member has become exposed to this toxic substance, any health issues should not go un-noted. And consulting us to discuss the particulars of the health problem could be essential.
- The individuals that are generally the most affected by diesel gas fumes include truck drivers.
But those also affected are:
- Construction workers.
- Equipment operators.
- Military personnel.
- Boat pilots.
- Railroad workers.
- Homeowners living near freeways regularly become inhalation victims.
But the health effects are not limited to just individuals in these categories. Places of employment and other factors can raise the risk of diesel exhaust fume exposure for any person.
The most susceptible individuals to the health effects of this toxic fume exposure are:
In a press release, Dr. Christopher Portier of WHO and Chairman of the IARC Working Group stated that scientific evidence was compelling. It concluded the Working Group agreed that the exhaust from diesel engines results in causing lung cancer in human beings. Dr. Portier said in his statement that the impact on health from the diesel particulates exposure is extreme. So he thinks there should be a worldwide effort to reduce the exposure to this mixture of chemicals.
Getting Medical Attention After Exposure to Carbon Monoxide.
If you, your family, a co-worker was injured, seek medical attention quickly. After proper treatment for carbon monoxide exposure, the employer must get held responsible. Please report it to a government agency, and speak to an injury specialist. Do this so you can hold your employer accountable.
Talking to such an attorney, such as one from Ehline Law, is smart. It is often one of the first steps towards recovering back pay. Also, it can mean affording past and future medical bills. And it puts in place steps to prevent an injury again.
If a relative got killed, the death and funeral cost should get shouldered by the responsible party. Contact Ehline Law today for more information about pursuing a case. If it's related to carbon monoxide poisoning in the workplace, we want to hear about it. We also answer the phone at all times of the day and night, seven days a week.
And we promise to come to visit you wherever you are. We will start by gathering more information to determine your legal rights. Also, we offer free, no-pressure consultations over the phone. So let our experts help you get back on your feet again. Call us now at (213) 596-9642.